Game 4 was no where near as close as Game 3, but it did resemble Game 2 a bit as the Atlanta Hawks looked depleted and defeated from the jump against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
With Cavs’ all-star guard Kyrie Irving making his way back to the court after missing two games and the stage set for the Cavs to win it all on their home floor, the odds were heavily stacked against the Atlanta Hawks. Not to mention, the injuries to Demarre Carroll in the series opener and Kyle Kover in Game 2.
From the jump the game looked out of the Hawks’ reach as Lebron James put up 15 points in the first half helping stretch the lead to 17 points by halftime. Jeff Teague and the Hawks had a small rally in the third but it was no match for the luck of the Cavs who dominated the floor before letting their reserves finish out the game in the 4th quarter. The Cavs sweep the Hawks in a game 4 win, 118-88.
Kyrie Irving came back looking better than ever after an injury to his left knee. He dropping 16 point along with Tristan Thompson who also snagged 11 rebounds. clutch guy J.R Smith had a big game with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Lebron was the dominate leader on the stats sheet as he left the game with 23 points, 7 assist, and 9 rebounds. The stats sheet for Atlanta, who set a franchise record with 60 wins, wasn’t nearly as impressive as their season. Teague finished with 17 points while Al Horford struggled leaving the game with just 2 points and 2 rebounds as they watched the confetti fall for the Cleveland Cavs. Cleveland will be making their first appearance to the finals since eight-years ago when Lebron helped hoist the team to the big dance only to get swept by the San Antonio Spurs.
During the trophy presentation, James said “We have everything it takes to win.” However, they’ve got their eyes on another one. Cleveland owner Dan Gibert said, addressing the crowd. “We’re not settling for this.”
The Cavs can sit back and relax as they wait for the winners of the Houston Rockets/Golden State Warriors series. Rockets and Warriors play game 5 tonight on the Warriors’ floor at 9 p.m. ET. Warriors lead series 3-1.